Transforming Google Keyword Planner in a massive keyword scrapper

Recently, Google decided to drop the bomb and ended the famous (and trusted), Google Keyword Tool from service. It was replaced by the new version which is called Google Keyword Planner.

I would be lying to you if I say that I love Google Keyword Planner at first. In fact, I hated so much due to so many obvious reasons. When I heard that Google Keyword Tool is going 'off', I told myself to stick to a few SEO tools such as Scribe, Long Tail Pro and SEMRush.

Early this month, I decided to try on it and promised to sit in front of my old HP Pavilion laptop trying to learn everything about it.

Without much delay, this blog post is all about Keyword Planner and how you can really use it for your advantage when it comes to keyword research. I am not going to deny that for starters, it has slight learning curve compared to the previous version.

Why you should not be worried about Keyword Planner?

What is Google Keyword Planner?

It is the new replacement of Google Keyword Tool (duh!) and it is said to provide great experience for bloggers who are trying to find quality keywords.

Now, how true is this?

Google Keyword Planner is a double edge blade. It works pretty well if you know what you are looking for. If you are hoping that this keyword planner will give you some good keywords with just some clicks, then you better stick to premium SEO tools like this one.

Here are a few things I like about the almighty Google Keyword Planner:

Google Keyword Planner - The basic

There are four very easy but different ways you can find perform keyword research on Keyword Planner which are:

  1. Searching for keywords and ad groups ideas
  2. Enter or upload keywords to see how they perform
  3. Get traffic estimates for a list of keywords
  4. Multiply keyword lists

This is probably the place where most bloggers and keyword searchers give up!

Everything looks so complicated here and for newbie, this can be a very huge disappointment considering that Keyword Planner is said to be better than the previous keyword tool right?

Yup, that happened to me too and continue reading the below for more information.

The most complete Keyword Planner tutorial

4 different ways to use Keyword Planner for keyword research

1. Searching for keywords and ad groups ideas

Advantages: Finding long tail keywords and possible keywords to use (using ad groups)

Disadvantages: Figures are not specific and there is a possibility of having a low searched keyword in the ad groups

This is the part where you can find groups of keywords which could be very useful for you in blogging and each groups of keywords would have roughly between 5 to 12 different long tail keywords.

For example, you are searching for the keyword 'blogging' and Keyword Planner gives you probably a dozen or more keyword groups.

Now, let's take the first keyword group with an average of 71,000 average monthly searches. The group is consisted of several keywords such as:

This means that, these are some keywords which are highly related to the term you are searching, 'blogging' and has a total of about 71,000 searches monthly.

Now, read the above sentence again and tell me what you had actually read.

The total number of searches on this ad group is 71,000 and it is a combination of all the above keywords. This means that there is a high chance that some keywords are actually searched more than the other.

Does this make any sense to you?

Here's what it looks like for a clearer picture:

Complete guide in finding long tail keywords using Google Keyword Planner

Step by step guide when it comes to finding keyword groups using Google Keyword Planner

2. Enter or upload keywords to see how they (keywords) perform

Advantages: Able to determine the exact number of searches and CPC for that specific keyword

Disadvantages: Slightly complicated as it highly dependable to symbols

I uses this more than the previous one. In fact, this is a great SEO tool if you want to have exact (not estimated) keyword search or CPC cost per keyword.

Here are the legends you need to know in order to use this function:

Broad match - Blogging

Phrase match - "Blogging"

Exact match - [Blogging]

In broad match, keywords found could be related and non related to blogging. This gives you a general result and honestly speaking, it doesn't help much when it comes to finding the exact keyword.

Keywords found using phrase match are highly related to the term 'blogging'. This means that it could have the basic word of 'blog' in the keyword or simple having the same meaning as 'blog' or 'blogging'.

Exact match keywords is what we are looking for. For example, searching for the term [blogging] would give us 14,800 searches. This is a strip down of the whooping, 71,000 searches that we had found earlier.

When it comes to finding the best or the most profitable keyword, it is highly recommended that you uses Exact Match feature to get the best results.

Google Keyword Planner offers users to find broad, phrase and exact match keywords

Does this look similar to the old Google Keyword Tool?

3. Get traffic estimates for a list of keywords

Advantages: This feature provides bloggers with number of clicks, impressions and cost per day.

Disadvantages: It is very 'sales oriented' and is more focus to Google Adwords users.

I would say this is pretty clear cut. Enter a keyword or more and Google Keyword Planner will give you an estimation of traffic.

Regardless of the disadvantages, I would still consider this as a great tool especially when you are looking to invest into into Google Adwords.

Google Adwords and Keyword Planner merged under one platform

Google Adwords is easier to manage and bid with the help of Keyword Planner

4. Multiply keyword lists

Advantages: This is good for cross matching keywords

Disadvantages: Chance of wrongly matched keywords is high and this is a rather 'advance' feature

Basically, this particular Keyword Planner feature helps you to create multiple keywords and in some ways, this increase the chances of finding long tail keywords.

All you need to do is to place two different sets of keywords in List 1 and List 2 as seen in the image below. After that, click on the 'Get search volume' as below:

Keyword Planner makes it easy for users to find quality keywords

Multiple keywords lists are great when it comes to finding long tail keywords

This feature is great especially when you are trying to find different keywords (mix and match) and if you are lucky enough, you might land yourself a low competition keyword.

How do you find keywords using Google Keyword Planner - Video form

 

Did I miss out anything about Google Keyword Planner?

I hope the above explanation would be worth a little especially when it comes to keyword research. Personally, Keyword Planner is a great tool especially when it has several more features compared to the previous version.

What do you think about Google Keyword Planner? Hit the reply button below and tell me what you think.

The Truth Behind Google Panda Update On Small Sites (Hummingbird)

Some of you might not have realized this but Google Panda Update on Small Sites (Hummingbird) took placed approximately on 21st August 2013. Yes, it happened and I'm not joking.

This basically went live right after Matt Cutts gave a quick shout on Twitter as seen below:

Matt Cutt's Twitter shout on small sites ranknig well

According to my sources, this particular Google Panda Update (Hummingbird) was reported not a few but from all of the major SEO blogs in the world. However, there was no comment given by Google on the matter.

Latest update by Google on 26th September 2013 on the update as below:

Google announced the Hummingbird update. We believe this update maybe associated with what we're calling the Panda Small Sites update.

Q: How big a change is Hummingbird? Singhal (a Google engineer) says it's as big as the change to the last algorithm, known as Caffeine. It happened about a month ago (late August).

Q: How specifically is Hummingbird better: Singhal says it's essentially to better answer the much more complex queries people are making. It impacts all kinds of queries, but far more effective on long, complex questions that we're getting many more of now.

Q: Examples? Hard to be specific, but essentially, with more complex queries, the algorithm can better understand concepts vs. words as well as relationships between concepts.

Q: How is this different in nature from Caffeine? This is clearly more focused on ranking sites better for relevance, while Caffeine was more focused on better indexing and crawling of sites.

Hummingbird gave us an opportunity to rethink how we can reuse all these new services to improve search results.

Before we discuss further, I want to take the opportunity to share with all of you one of the best SEO tools I could not leave without ... Fruition.

Fruition is a free SEO tool for bloggers

What is Fruition?

Introducing Fruition - freemium SEO / analytic tool for bloggers

Fruition is a tool used by several bloggers (including me) to check on our blogs' analytics. Basically, this is a great tool if you are a SEO enthusiast or running an SEO agency.

For a normal blogger, you might find this tool rather useless (seriously speaking).

What Fruition does is that it offers you the ability to check on Google Updates or any penalty slapped by Google.

Fruition data or chart is pretty straight forward with accurate data and colours. It calculates the probability of a Google update towards your blog by measuring on the data (especially traffic) collected from Google Analytics.

Basically, the data collected are then compared with the 'before and after' stats from the date of the update.

Obviously, you could do this manually but I would rather have a SEO program or tool to that for me. Fruition doesn't only collect data from your Google Analytics but as well as comparing the data with other big SEO websites to verify on the information.

Fruition is a great SEO tool to check on Google Penalty

One of Fruition's stats sorted out by date

What I love most is the colour schemes provided by Fruition.

Green - positive impact

Yellow - no impact

Orange - high likelihood of negative impact

Red - negative impact

This means that for every news release, you are (indirectly) bound to understand how Google works if you do your 'homework'. I will explain more on this in a moment time.

*Looking for Fruition link? Free link is given at the bottom of the page 🙂

Want to learn more about Google Analytics? I highly recommend taking some time reading Advanced Web Metrics by Brian Clifton.

My blog stats using Fruition

The last Google Panda Update on small sites affected my blog

Fruition stats showing a huge chance of Google Update impact

As you can see above, my blog has a 99.4% chance of being affected by the 'mini' Google Update.

Now, let's have a look at my Google Analytics for the stats.

My Google Analytics stats comparing to Google Panda Update impact

Green is the date where Google update happened. Red was the impact towards my blog

Google Panda Update on small sites was said to happened somewhere close to 21st August 2013 and therefore, I will take 7 days in advance as the starting point for some blog traffic comparison.

Search engine traffic before the Google Update was around 136 hits per day on average.

Right after the update, traffic from search engines were slowly reducing and everything started to fall right after 23rd August 2013. Yup, my search engine traffic reduced closed to 50% of what I am usually getting.

So the biggest question was, "Did Google Panda Update on small sites really took place?"

Honestly, we had no idea (I wish I had though) but it certainly looks 'happening' to my blog.

What did I do (wrong) to get 'hit' by Google Panda Update?

I did thought about this and to be exact, it took me 72 hours to finish my 'small research'.

Basically, I did nothing wrong (no black hat SEO if that's what you are wondering at the back of your head) and of course, if I am not doing anything wrong, why would I be 'penalized' right?

I would blame this on my approach. Yes, my blogging approach.

When I started this blog, I was determined to rank fast using white hat SEO. I did my homework on the types of keywords to use on each article and even calculated the keyword density of specific keywords on my blog (to name a few).

By now, you can call me a SEO freak and I wouldn't mind.

There are also a few more white hat SEO techniques I used to rank well on search engine result pages (which I can't disclose for obvious reasons).

The results? Ranking 242 keywords to be exact on search engines and about 15 of my articles are on the first page of Google.

Important disclaimer: I am not boosting but I am just sharing my experience (plus stupidity).

Imagine 90 days blogging and ranking 242 keywords on page one of Google (SERP's). What do you think?

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Yup ... It does look so obvious that I am using some black hat SEO technique right?!

That's what I am talking about. I was ranking my keywords too fast on search engines using white hat SEO.

Ouch!

Black Hat SEO has many negative effect on search engine ranking

Black hat SEO ... is so not my type

Did I really use black hat SEO to rank my keywords?

I know this sounds funny but that's the fact. I really didn't use any (yes the big word 'ANY') black hat SEO techniques at all. And, I didn't manipulate the search results too.

However, the results for me to be able to rank so many articles on first page Google does sounds very illegal I would say!

At times, I would simply blame myself for being over 'enthusiastic' when it comes to search engine optimization.

What did I learned from this Google Panda Update on small sites (hummingbird)?

I am a strong believer that it is easy to rank on search engines as long as the plan is right. Now, rushing to rank so many keywords on first page of Google is definitely a crazy thing to do (honestly speaking).

When it comes to SEO and overcoming any Panda Update, it is best to leave it as natural as possible. You can't really beat Google and every updates done by Google is to 'compliment' the previous updates.

Search engine optimization is indeed, very simple as I had previously wrote. All you need to do is to ensure that those backlinks you are getting ... are coming from natural sources (no paid links etc).

Another thing I learned from this Google Update (hummingbird) is that big daddy Google is focusing on very minor and petty stuffs like blog's domain age and the numbers of articles able to rank well on Google.

Does this article makes any sense to you?

Using the comment form below, tell me if this article makes absolutely logic to you. For me, it is a lesson well learned.

It was fun being able to rank pretty good on search engines but again, it come with a huge sacrifice too!

For those are interested to try on Fruition, here's the link for it. All you need to do is to link up to your Google Analytics and the stats will start rolling in.

Of course, I am off to 'lick my wounds' but guys, tell me what you think below 🙂

All You Ever Need To Know About The NoFollow Rule And How It Affects SEO

If you are 'involved' in the blogging industry, you would know what is rel="nofollow" or as I call it, the NoFollow rule.

In this article, allow me to explain to you what NoFollow is and how it works out. Most importantly, I will share with you how NoFollow rule could affect your search engine optimization (SEO) techniques and planning.

Let's see what is NoFollow tag all about in this 3 minutes plus video.


And for the record, Darrell Cherry had also asked me this question on Google+ recently.

What is the use of NoFollow for bloggers?

This question was the main reason why I decided to write this blog post

What is rel="nofollow" or NoFollow rule?

This is what Google Webmaster Tools say about rel="nofollow":

"Nofollow" provides a way for webmasters to tell search engines "Don't follow links on this page" or "Don't follow this specific link."

I believe there is no other explanation that could be any clearer than that.

Does the above make any sense to you?

Related article: Top 8 Link Building Techniques That Work For Search Engines

How do I activate the rel="nofollow" or the NoFollow rule?

Basically, you can place the NoFollow code on any links or URL's to tell Google not to crawl, transfer Page Rank (PR) or anchor text to those links.

This means that you are still linking out but are avoiding any Google penalization as you had 'informed' the bots not to crawl that link.

In order for you to practice the NoFollow rule, all you need to do is to add rel="nofollow" to the URL snippet as below:

<a href="www.www.reginaldchan.net" rel="nofollow">Blogging Tips For Beginners</a>

Trust me ... it couldn't be any easier than that!

NoFollow is extremely useful when it comes to SEO techniques

If NoFollow is used properly, you are able to avoid any Google penalization 

Why is rel="nofollow" important for bloggers?

NoFollow rule works in many ways for bloggers and webmasters. With all the hype and hundreds of guest posting requests nowadays, bloggers (especially you) really need to make sure that you don't share any unrelated links on your blog.

By using the NoFollow tag, you are able to control the types of links shared and determine only links which are worthy are getting a piece of your Page Rank 'juice'.

In other words, you wouldn't want to 'promote' a blog post or article that has no or low value which could put you in hot soup. This is to ensure that you don't get penalized by Google for breaching its terms and conditions.

This brings us to the next part of the discussion which is ...

What are Google's policies and some specific examples of NoFollow usage?

Google policies are rather general but here are two of the very distinctive factors which you should consider using rel="nofollow" on your blog posts:

Factor #1: Untrusted content

I uses NoFollow tag especially on untrusted content. For example, I know Google has no problem with my blog when I link URL's to popular sites such as Wikipedia, Amazon or eBay.

However, what happens if I am linking out to too many 'new blogs on the block'?

Google and other search engines might consider my site as linking out too much and my blog could easily be penalized.

Now, let's take an instance for easier understanding.

Do you see more credibility for linking a blog site which is 1 year old or a site which is just a mere 1 month old?

Obviously, an older domain age site would be more credible compared to a brand new one.

In this case, webmasters and blog admins who accept guest postings could also use the NoFollow tag especially when they are accepting guest posts from various bloggers. Once these bloggers have proof their worth, you could easily remove the NoFollow tag and allow them to get some link back.

Moreover, sharing is caring right?

Recommended read: Master the industry secrets with this SEO Black Book.

Factor #2: Paid links

Oh c'mon ... it is a no brainer to link out to paid links.

So, what are paid links?

Paid links are links which are displayed on blog posts or articles with the 'help' of money instead of relevancy and therefore, it is indirectly, breaching certain part of Google policies.

Basically, this means that the blog is sharing links just for the sake of getting a backlink from your site.

What I am trying to say is that you could still place paid links on your site and that's entirely up to you. However, what you can do is to place a NoFollow tag to avoid any issues with any search engines.

Thinking back, it makes no sense to get a paid link from you right? Some food for thoughts, guys?

*If you like graphics, I had found a great infographic on Danny Sullivan's post on Search Engine Land and great design work by Killer Infographics.

Are you using the godly but yet dangerous NoFollow rule on your blog?

I uses NoFollow on most links which don't portray good quality articles or are too new. At times, I might be very harsh but again, it is for the good for the blog and myself.

So, how about you? Share with me your experience using the comment form below 🙂

What is SEO? Understand what SEO is all about in 521 seconds

Recently, I read an article about SEO written by Brent Carnduff, CEO of Echelon SEO which you can find it here.

That article ... struck my mind about search engine optimization.

Let me ask you something.

What do you know about SEO? Go on ... think about it for a moment.

SEO plays a huge role when it comes to blog ranking

Let's learn SEO today!

What is SEO all about?

Search engine optimization (SEO) is indeed very simple but why on Earth, everyone is saying that SEO is hard?

Like what Brent said, it is us who confuse ourselves and when I think about it, it make sense.

Let me tell you why.

I had been doing search engine optimization research and practicing multiple techniques over the years (since 2005 to be exact) and it is no secret that we get all our SEO scoop from no other than ... other blogs and websites.

There are some reputable SEO sites out there like Moz and Search Engine Journal. However, we usually don't get enough from these sites and we venture out to the open sea looking for more sources.

I bet you do right?

And there comes other so-called SEO blogs that we assume are providing valuable insight on the matter. The question here is ... how many of these sites are trust worthy?

I am not saying that my blog is 100% correct but at least, they worked for me (ding!).

Extra reading: Find out why SEO 2013 And Beyond written by Dr Andy Williams got more than 97 satisfied customers!

Understand what SEO is all about ... in just 521 seconds

This time around, I am going to cut the chase. Good by wall of text (do I hear the crowd cheering?) and hello Youtube.

I am a good story teller so ... do bear with me alright?

Search engine optimization is rather huge and therefore, I am keeping the video as simple as possible (plus as general as possible).

Basically, search engine optimization (SEO) could easily be divided into 4 very distinct categories which are:

  1. Traditional SEO (some call this white hat)
  2. Black hat
  3. Content marketing
  4. Social SEO

For more, watch this video:

I hope you enjoyed watching the video and remember to like it as well on Youtube!

Now, tell me what you think simply by replying using the comment form and could you please share it for me using the red button below?

How To Get Free Backlink From Technorati Blog?

Getting backlinks from quality website is basic SEO 101. It is a long, expensive and time consuming task. What's makes it more challenging is that every blogger in the world is trying to get good backlinks pointing back to their sites.

Well, if you're having some backlink woes, you have came to the right spot. I'm going to share with you how you can get a free and high quality backlink from a page rank (PR) 8 website ... for free!

Yup, you don't have spend a dime for this. All you need is just 10 minutes of your time and you can enjoy the free backlink. Of course, assuming that you have a good content blog.

Allow me to introduce to you, the Technorati blog.

What is Technorati blog?

I prefer to describe Technorati as a blog directory. You can submit your blog URL and it helps you to syndicate it on its site.

Technorati is an Internet search engine for searching blogs. By June 2008, Technorati was indexing 112.8 million blogs and over 250 million pieces of tagged social media.[3] The name Technorati is a blend of the words technology and literati, which invokes the notion of technological intelligence or intellectualism. - Wikipedia

With a page rank scale of 8, I bet it is a no brainer to get at least one backlink from there back to your website right?

As good as it may sounds, I know there are still people who dislike it. Well, for most obvious reason is on how they actually calculate your website ranking. Okay, since we're talking about getting a good backlink, let's talk about the good part only, shall we?

Setting up your account and claiming ownership on Technorati

  1. The first and easiest step is to get yourself an account with Technorati. Yes it is free and it won't cost you a dime.
  2. Next, complete your profile with all the details for others to connect to you.
  3. Once that is all set, you need to claim your blog's ownership.
  4. Submit your blog's RSS and select 'Claim Ownership'.
  5. Check your email for the Technorati claim token.
  6. Place the token code on any of your active posts.

An issue that you might face when claiming website ownership

I'm not sure about the rest but personally, I experienced one devastating issue; I wasn't able to claim ownership for my website!

So, what was the problem?

Basically, when you request for a Technorati claim, Technorati will send you an email and requesting you to place a code on your website like this:

Technorati claim email

Email from Technorati informing about the website claim.

Now, you need to place the code on your website ... specifically in any of your live post and must be available via RSS.

Example: 

Technorati Claim Token: 52QT5MQXJN9G

Yes, Technorati syndicate your website using RSS feed. Remember the part where you submit your blog's RSS to Technorati in the settings?

At times, it takes some time to get your RSS feed 'sync' with your posts. Therefore, I would suggest waiting for at least an hour before you proceed to verify your website ownership with Technorati.

For your info, I uses FeedBurner as my RSS and it took me about 6 hours before I finally get my site approved for my Technorati claim. Weird huh?

Go figure!

So, don't panic if Technorati informed you that they are not able to verify your website ownership. Give it few hours or so and it should be just fine if you're doing everything correctly.

Help! I'm not getting the free backlink from Technorati!

I know some had issues trying to get backlink from the site. The simple reason could be either you have low quality content or your blog is probably new. This means that Technorati would still need some time to syndicate your content first before anything else.

Now, read the above sentence again.

Did you read the part where I say Technorati syndicate your content using RSS?

Yes! This means that you need to make sure that your website is having a working RSS URL. You can easily sign up for a free RSS address using FeedBurner.

Now, the next step is totally up to you. You're going to get more traffic and backlinks from Technorati if you start writing quality content. Well, it's fair right? You won't get free backlink if you aren't doing anything good.

Back to you...

Have you registered your website with Technorati? I did recently and my site score is only 23,557. Crazy far away huh? Hit the reply button below and let's discuss.

If you find this article interesting, I would be very grateful if you could share it using the red button below.

Top 8 Link Building Strategies That Work For Search Engines

Since the last Google algorithm update, there are many rumors about link building and the white hat SEO strategies. I recently wrote about the importance of social engagement in contrast to SEO and it became a pretty hot topic. I believe the biggest question nowadays would be the important the the old school link building method.

Before we go any further, this is a snippet from Google Webmaster Tool:

Previously, Google said ...

'In general, webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by increasing the number of high-quality sites that link to their pages.'

And everything changes now with ...

'In general, webmasters can improve the rank of their sites by creating high-quality sites that users will want to use and share.'

Source: Google

Does this really means the end of link building techniques in search engine optimization? Of course not!

This doesn't prove that link building is no longer in use. In fact, this makes link building even richer and more valuable! And at the same time, this new Google algorithm makes link building ... yes, you got it right ... harder but definitely not impossible.

Important disclaimer: This article is more than 2,000 words and I dare you to do read it in just one go. If not, bookmark this page right now and come back anytime when you are ready!

What did we learn from the latest Google update?

Google update affects many SEO techniques

Oh no! Another Google update?

Every time an update takes place, there are many things Google are showing us ... or at least, hinting us. Here are some things that I had learned which are the number of backlinks, using the right link building techniques and even using the right search engine optimization methods. And the only way to learn this is by watching those videos posted by Matt Cutts and his team.

So let's discuss on the proper link building strategies that work for search engines today.

1. Using the right SEO tools for link building

For those who really into SEO, it's a very known fact that you probably need at least one SEO tool to help you with those ranking and link building tactics. Seriously.

I know many people who uses paid SEO tools like this one are having crazy time trying to create more quality backlinks to their articles. I would say, maybe they are having the time of their lives! 🙂

You might be thinking that, "Hey, take that you [email protected]#$ paid SEO tools!". Here's the reality check. These SEO tools will actually ... and still be rocking like any other days.

Yes! Let me repeat; link building isn't dead but it just got tougher. That's all.

For those who are using various link building tools, well, you just got to play smarter. You need to change the game plan but slowly.

Why? Google still loves quality backlinks and this doesn't mean that you can't get the best out of 'virtual assistance'.

Thinking of going white hat SEO to be on the safe side? Maybe this tool might help!

One thing for sure is that using SEO tools will not make you any safer from Google updates. You need to use SEO tools the right way and focus in your strategies. Always remember that misusing these SEO tools will actually destroy your traffic and your SEO ranking.

*p/s Looking at this article length, I'm going to write the so call 'SEO game plan' on another post.

2. Write articles for readers and not for bots

The right link building techniques goes further than just plain SEO

Optimize your website for your readers and not for search engines

Link building isn't really link building only. For me, link building also means website marketing and communications. The more visibility people has on your website, the better chances you are going to create the 'brand awareness'.

And with that (assuming you write great articles), people are going to share your articles even more!

More shares = More love from Google.

There ain't any trick about link building and content sharing if you ask me. Write good stuffs, get your name out and let the people (readers) do the rest for you.

What you really need to learn about link building is you can't get everyone to love your writing or even share your articles. Okay, remember that every visitor who comes to your site is a potential 'buyer'.

Take the opportunity to get them spread the word for you and how you can possibly do that?

It really depends on how generous are you. For me, I do a win-win situation for my readers. I am using CommentLuv for WordPress and what this plugin does is simple. It allows users to share one of their links after they commented.

Wait! That isn't all.

For those who share my articles on social media, they will automatically get a DoFollow link back. Sounds good right?

You see, blogging is all about giving and just not taking completely. I see absolutely no reason why one should be so secretive about backlink.

3. The relationship between backlink, social communities and tribes

Recently, I'm very active on several sites such as BizSugar and Triberr. I wasn't actively sharing my links though. Instead, I was commenting and sharing other articles I felt useful.

The effect? One word: Tremendous.

As I had said about in #2, sharing is caring and there's no better way than helping a fellow blogger to share their articles. Heard about karma or what goes around, comes around?

Whenever you share an article on social networks, you are creating a good chance for others to visit your website in return. And most of the time, they would probably return a favor by giving a shout (hey, that's free publicity) for you.

Blogging isn't everything about yourself. Instead, it is all about relationship building and sharing of information. Grow your audience indirectly by doing good to others.

So, stop being a link whore and start linking out to others!

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Yes mate. Right now! Don't worry, I'll wait!

4. Link building is closely related to sitemap

You have written an excellent article and you published it. After one week or probably a month, you ain't getting a hit and you are no closer in creating a viral article that drives hundreds of traffic to your website. So, what's wrong?

Okay. Here's the deal. You want to build good traffic, link building etc. You probably won't go far if you are not focusing enough on SEO. One of the search engine optimizations best practices is to have a sitemap.

Google just won't put you on first page of SERPs if Google is not aware of your existence. This is where sitemap plays a huge role in your website ranking.

So, yes. The first thing is to get your sitemap up immediately ... (moments of silence) ...

What's a sitemap? Site what?

A site map (or sitemap) is a list of pages of a web site accessible to crawlers or users. It can be either a document in any form used as a planning tool for Web design, or a Web page that lists the pages on a Web site, typically organized in hierarchical fashion. There are two popular versions of a site map. An XML Sitemap is a structured format that a user doesn't need to see, but it tells the search engine about the pages in your site, their relative importance to each other, and how often they are updated. HTML sitemaps are designed for the user to help them find content on the page, and don't need to include each and every subpage. This helps visitors and search engine bots find pages on the site.

Source: Wikipedia

Makes any sense to you? Maybe this image from Google might help out.

Generate a sitemap for your website to increase your SEO score

Sitemap usually gives search engines a list of links that you have on your website

If you are using WordPress, you can probably use WordPress for SEO (which comes with Sitemap functions) or Google XML sitemap. You won't wrong with any one of those.

Creating a sitemap is no hassle and you can do that within 5 minutes or less. Once you have your sitemap ready, head over to Google Webmaster Tool and Big Webmaster Tool to submit your sitemap.

5. Guest posting - The pros and cons in link building techniques

We can't deny the importance of guest posting especially when you are looking for a quality backlink. Writing good guest post will certainly drive traffic to your website without fail but there's something you need to know first!

Backlink building from guest posting is a double sided blade. Handle with care at all times.

Google and other search engines understand that many bloggers are actually trying to gain momentum and getting some quality backlinks from good page rank sites. When it comes to guest post, there isn't any difference.

Don't get me wrong. Guest posting is definitely worth it considering the quality of backlink. However, you do not want to over do it to avoid any penalty. The easiest methods which I see best fit for guest posting are:

Huh? Isn't that rel="nofollow" means zero backlink?

Yes indeed. This is my link building strategy. You don't want search engines to consider your site as a link juice or link farm. Therefore, if the content in the link doesn't provide quality information for your readers, it is better off with a no follow rule.

Do you understand why I say it as a double sided blade now?

6. The viral factor and link building under one roof

A viral article or video could easily create many backlinks

Go nuts ... like Holmer!

Have you heard about viral video or viral content? So, what does the word, viral actually means?

For me, it means an action which is hit the world by storm ... unintentionally. Here's an example:

Years ago, a kid made a video to promote his band and uploaded it to MySpace. Sounds like, "duh" right?

The video was about a kid who ran around the garden smashing two Barbie dolls together, throwing tomato source all over the place and screaming the name of his band in a variation of pitches while his MySpace page flashed at the bottom of the screen.

And, guess what?

He received two million hits to his band's MySpace ... in just two days. 

The kid didn't do much ... and probably took around 20 minutes trying to clean up the mess he did plus uploading the video.

Source: Adam Connell

Makes any sense? Probably not.

But does that matters? It certainly do!

Viral content, whether it be images, videos or quizzes - has the potential to drive massive amounts of traffic and generate a large amount of business leads or subscribers.

So, what the heck this has to do with link building?

Take the kid's case study for an example. Do you think that out of the two million hits the kid got, how many people actually share the video or his band?

I call this ... indirect link building since ... it's viral and we can't really control it, could we? I totally understand that there is no possible way to actually create a perfect viral content.

Math lesson: Let's say you manage (accidentally) create a viral content and it drives you tons of traffic. Do you know how much website traffic you are going to gain?

Even though there are no proven ways to actually create a viral content, here are 14 marketing tools to help you increase the chance of viral-ing and spread the word!

7. Old fashioned link building techniques. Are they dead?

I read so many articles about changing SEO techniques, so on and so forth. Question is, do you really need the traditional SEO building strategies now?

From what I see it, yes you need them and it is never advisable to ditch them. With all these Google Penguin and Google Panda, it is harder to score points with the old methods. But, each point you earned will worth even more than ever!

Fair deal for you?

We discussed about guest blogging, marketing techniques and SEO tool like this one above. Anyone of these could help you with SEO and this certainly doesn't prove that ancient SEO methods won't count anymore. Remember that most search engine optimization methods are based out of the trusted, ancient 'recipe'.

Since so many algorithms are calculated based on page ranks and number of links, I bet you totally understand where this is heading.

Personally, I would advise you to start changing your game plan. Like me, my approach to SEO is way different than three years back. I even created SEO Blueprints library which consist of every SEO techniques I'm practicing right now.

8. Avoid the BIGGEST link building mistakes

Giving up too fast is one of the biggest mistakes done by bloggers in terms of link building

Oh no! Holmer does it again!

For me, the biggest sin you can ever do when it comes to SEO is when you think you had done enough. The truth is ... you aren't able to to completely do SEO.

Why?!

Because SEO is a learning process and it has many implementation phrases. This means that what works today, might not work for tomorrow.

Now, tell me if you have ever (and I really mean e-v-e-r) thought of giving up.

Yes, you thought search engine optimization is too hard and you probably done everything you could. Yet, you're ain't seeing the results. People say you need to be patience and you waited for months and still, goddammit nothing happens!

Sounds familiar? Don't be shy and admit it. It happens to you, to me and nearly every blogger out there. It felt like a never ending war right?

Now, this is the cold hard fact. SEO doesn't happen overnight and certainly, there isn't any proven methods for us to judge how far we had done or accomplished.

However, we can always judge by page rank and the number of links that are pointing to our articles but, are those really counted?

Giving up hope is definitely a no-no here. Content, article and website optimization are all, ever growing activities which will always keep you on your toes (and for some, might even make you stay awake at night).

Agree to disagree?

Back to you

Wow! This is a longest post (as of now) which I had written! So, how do you like it? If you had read this in just one shot, I'm going to give you my salute. No doubt on that.

As for the topic, these are the top 8 workable link building techniques that we all can practise to build authority and at the same time, traffic. I used these nearly every day and whenever I'm blogging.

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